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Many times in my walk with God I have struggled to understand the ins and outs of why I go through certain things.  Sometimes my pain is caused by my own doing, while other times it’s … more
“Irving Sailor Missing Three Years Arrived Home Friday Unannounced,” a headline in the Oct. 8, 1945 edition of The Hillsboro Journal proclaimed. The sailor was Bill Collins, who had … more
Author Moïra Fowley-Doyle once wrote, “if you’re not careful, you can spend your whole life looking for what you’ve lost.” This fall, mom and I took Charley with us on … more
As a protracted and divisive political campaign season draws to a close, America is a nation in which partisan cleavages appear sharper than at any time in recent memory. Political analysts write of … more
While I can still criticize my politicians freely, I give Trump credit.  He got the voters out to vote for him in 2016 and against him in 2020. The real people who are trying to steal the … more
It was an ordinary day–the first real day of spring after a cold and dismal winter. As I fought my two wriggling boys into their car seats, off to yet another full day of therapy appointments … more
Turkeys, fall tillage and fertilizer application, Christmas shopping, and colder weather are some of the top things that come to mind when I think about the month of November. Unfortunately, this … more
On Wednesday, Nov. 11 we will honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, sacrifice, love of country, and their willingness to serve for a common good. The day serves as a celebration for us … more
November 1953 is still very dry, continuing the drought that has plagued the county all summer. Dad (Merle) has a terrible accident trying to start a cold engine in one of his trucks. I remember … more
We often don’t realize how lucky we really are.   If you are a Litchfield resident, you have access beautiful parks, a gorgeous lake, a variety of restaurants,  a great educational … more
Thank you so much for the beautiful story about Brenda Cobetto. She is one of the greatest people in the world.  I am sure–because of her story–there will be people who have … more
Mary Herschelman’s column in the July 27 issue of The Journal-News began with a T-shirt message. I too enjoy message shirts, and I have a new favorite among my collection. At the Atlas … more
Beginning Nov. 1, the Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center will be operating under winter hours.  We will be welcoming visitors from 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday, and will be … more
I know that 2020 has proven to be a difficult year for everyone around the world because of COVID-19. The fact remains though, that we will have an upcoming election in November that will affect … more
Illinois has on the ballot a so-called Fair Tax. Let’s review some of the facts: Property taxes–Illinois’ rate ranks as one of the highest.  The average Illinois taxpayer … more
Chase Wilhelm is the clear choice for our Illinois State Representative in the 95th District. I have gotten to know Chase well.  As an Army chaplain, he served honorably in Afghanistan and … more
My name is Bill Baran.  I’m a Vietnam combat veteran and former mayor of Hillsboro, and I’m asking you to vote for Chase Wilhelm for state representative. I have gotten to know … more
As we get ready to turn the calendar to November, it reminds me that many on social media use the month to post something they are thankful for each day. It’s always such a bright spot … more
As fields in the center of Montgomery County erupted in flames Saturday afternoon–thought to be caused by a spark from a passing train–first responders, volunteers, farmers and others all … more
“What’s the difference between a bookkeeper in the garment district and a supreme court justice? One generation.” I felt the news of Justice Ginsberg’s death on Friday, … more
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